Recycle, Reuse, Reduce

This one is inspired by a special group of second graders that I hold dear in my heart. Teaching you was one of the most rewarding times of my life and I will forever cherish it…this one reminded me of a lesson we had fun with in Science class ūüôā Ms. Mouton’s favorite subject:

This world is such a marvelous gift.
Let’s come together to make a wise choice.
Keeping it clean to protect it from harm,
To make it so warm, for all creation to live.

This message is short, but sweet to follow,
But so often we see those empty cans, paper, & bottles all about the ground.
All the trash that goes out,
From carelessness, making pollution scatter all around.

For children know better and have learned
that keeping Earth clean is much preferred.
They know the three key words.
Recycle, reuse, reduce,
We all have a job to do, so let’s come together to put ourselves to good use.

Love Your Enemies

“Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; the one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, him I will not endure. My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me. He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; he who tells lies shall not dwell within my house. He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence. Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, that I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.”
Psalm 101: 5-8

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Matthew 5: 43-45

Absolutely love that I found these verses to reflect upon. I know that I have had many people judge me & spread lies about me due to mistakes I’ve made or them not knowing who I am inside. So many times I let this eat me up inside, and honestly sometimes I still get down from it at times. Not because they hurt my feelings, but because I know for them to waste time & energy on talking about my life, mistakes, and spreading hate, must mean that they are hurting in some way or another and I feel bad for them. You see, we all will encounter times when people will judge you, talk about you behind your back, reject you, hurt you, tell lies to you or about you, use you, take you for granted, persecute your faith, or hate you. Lucky for us for knowing truth. Jesus died to take away the burdens, hurt, & pain that these things cause in our lives. We can place all the hurt at His feet, celebrating the victory that He conquered for us at the cross. So bless your enemies! “FORGIVE them for they know not what they do.” Love them anyway. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12: 17-21).” We are so blessed to have a Savior that takes are pain and turns them into something beautiful. Don’t let enemies take your joy! Rejoice in Jesus dying for you & them, and keep those that are lost in your deepest prayers.

Investing Time

Invest your precious time with those that invest their time with you!

This is fantastic and I am so grateful I’ve learned this lesson…

You see, all kinds of different relationships come and go in our lives. The ones that remain for a lifetime are ones that are built on godly principles and genuine love & care, reciprocated by both ends. While you should love all people, like brothers & sisters, some people will not show you that same kindness back, and yall that’s okay! You see when Jesus walked the Earth going to spread his wisdom and love to everyone who entered his path, he did it perfectly. He welcomed everyone with genuine love, with arms wide open. He accepted each person for who they were and helped them to start new in a better way of life. He rejoiced with those who took his words and believed, and welcomed those who wanted to follow, but to those that had little faith and did not accept his words & love, he continued on his journey anyway. He invested his time with all, but did not wait around & harp on those who took him for granted. He simply gave them truth & love, and when he was rejected he moved on. He didn’t love them any less, he just did his part & was content. That is the beauty of our God giving us free will. He doesn’t control or push us, and is so gentle & patient.

We can learn from this example by treating our relationships in the same regard. You can share truth, love, & Jesus with many people. Some will take it and grow from it, while others will reject it. Some will see you for who you are, while others will ignore it. Some people will come in and want to know everything about you, while others will only think of themselves. I’m not saying they are wrong and I’m always right, but you should not waste your precious time on people who don’t bother hearing you or seeing you for who you are. Once you do your part by listening, sharing, loving, & caring that should be enough. You’ve done what you’ve can. If the relationships flourish into lifelong friendships, cherish it; if not, don’t dwell on it. The right ones will always prevail.

The Waiting Game

As he dried my tears with his gentle hand,
He smiled down at me.
He brushed his hand back around my face and leaned in to give me a most gentle kiss right dab on my forehead.
“Patience, my love”
I sighed.
Though waiting has always been hard, my shoulders relaxed a little.
I looked back up at him and rested my body in his embrace.
In that moment I felt secure and safe, I didn’t want it to end.
I wanted it to go on forever, but we both knew it would pass.
It always comes back though, and we play this scene again and again, each time growing a little closer.
So with unwilling patience, I wait.
And I’ll continue to wait, until waiting is not so bad.

Where the Lilies Grow Wild

To dance in a field where the lillies grow wild
Sounds like a beautiful thing.
To dream a dream with no limitations,
Letting my voice finally sing.
My joy would explode in a million tiny diamonds,
Shining like glitter all around.
Making a dark place finally shimmer, to my own little musical sound.
Twirling and spinning under the bluest of skies,
In my white little sundress with the light in my eyes.
Humming the beat,
While I float on with bare feet,
Enjoying the moment I’m in.
The only thing missing is you.
So I’ll walk on to my song, until this little dream comes true.

Winter Home

Tiny icicles hung low from the rooftop.
When she approached the doorstep a drop trickled down and hit the collar of her red wool coat.
She glanced down at it and nervously wiped it off.
She took a deep breath and pointed her  shakey finger, aiming it directly at the round button.
“Ding dong.”
Her thoughts bounced back and forth. The anticipation was literally eating her alive.
“What will I say, what will he think.”
She began to recite the Our Father in her head to give her some comfort.
Then she giggled because the anxiety was taking so much of a tole on her.
She told herself to calm down and stop being so ridiculous.
Her chest began to visibly rise up and down, with every deep breathe she forced out.
Her cramping stomach, sweaty palms, and icy hot cheeks began to diminish a little at a time.
The door suddenly opened and there he was, grinning ear to ear, arms wide opened, saying “Welcome home!”
All the fear instantly vanished, she walked in with a head held high, she walked into a place where she finally felt welcomed.

Translucent

The wind blew right threw her like she was translucent…
Like there was nothing inside of her at all.
It felt cold.
Eery even.
But she knew she was made of warmth and sunshine.
No wind could ever burn her out.
It just made her realize where she came from and who she was.